Identification & Features
Walleye are generally olive green with gold throughout the body. They have a tall, spiny dorsal fin that is mostly black at the base. The tail fin is clearly forked and has a white tip on the lower section.
Walleye are found throughout much of North America and Canada in small to large lakes and many rivers and streams with moderate current.
Walleye spawn in the spring as water temperatures approach 45 F – 50 F. Spawning occurs in shallow water with a smooth, gravel bottom. Once the eggs have been deposited and fertilized, the adult Walleye do not attempt to protect the eggs or the fry after they have been hatched.
Walleye are primarily fish eaters and are very efficient hunters. They have excellent night vision and use this to their advantage when feeding after dark. They will also feed on aquatic insects such as emerging Mayflies. When the opportunity presents itself, crayfish, snails or leeches will also make a nice meal.
The average size of a Walleye is determined by how much and what kind of food is available and by the amount of fishing pressure in that area. When conditions are best, it is not uncommon to find fish over 5 pounds with an occasional 10-pound fish mixed in.
There are many different angling techniques depending on where you are fishing. Some of the most popular include vertical jigging in lakes and rivers using jigs tipped with live bait, trolling plugs or a worm harness rig and sliding weight. Ice fishing in the wintertime can also be very productive using live minnows or jigging baits.
Hook Styles: 226
Two-way® Spinner: 128, 129, 133, 4284
Rods: Powerlight, Water Eagle
Reels: Gunnison, Eagle Claw, Endure
Snelled Hooks: L704
Stinger Treble Hook Rig: L950
Hook Styles: L042, L097, L1, L2
Eagle Claw Clear Blue